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Chironomus vs Tubifex?

I bought a frozen pack of each ,can someone tell me what the difference is?

The tubifex seems to be more concentrated ,but I wonder if there is any difference such as leading to more diseases or parasites.

Have you noticed any such difference?

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Chironomus is an insect larvae. Tubifex is a worm.

Tubifex can be disease carriers but only if it lives in bad environment like a sewage system.
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Chironomus is an insect larvae. Tubifex is a worm.

Tubifex can be disease carriers but only if it lives in bad environment like a sewage system.
So this means that most commercialized Tubifex should be "home grown" .....and relatively parasite free ,right? I only have frozen ones anyway....

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Tubifex worms are also called sewer worms. I'm not sure any come from an environment free of parasites. There are lots of debates as to whether or not the freeze drying process actual gets rid of any bad bacteria or parasites; and I think its been established that simple freezing (as opposed to freeze dried) definitely does not get rid of that stuff.

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Tubifex worms are also called sewer worms. I'm not sure any come from an environment free of parasites. There are lots of debates as to whether or not the freeze drying process actual gets rid of any bad bacteria or parasites; and I think its been established that simple freezing (as opposed to freeze dried) definitely does not get rid of that stuff.
So far ,I have been feeding only mosquito larvae from time to time ,to my Betta and my Peacock Gudgeons.
Today I also bought a pack of Tubifex ,by mistake (I really wanted 2 packs o' mosquito larvae).
Can I feed them the Tubifex ,alternatively ,or should I go change the pack at the store?

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So far ,I have been feeding only mosquito larvae from time to time ,to my Betta and my Peacock Gudgeons.
Today I also bought a pack of Tubifex ,by mistake (I really wanted 2 packs o' mosquito larvae).
Can I feed them the Tubifex ,alternatively ,or should I go change the pack at the store?
Frozen tubifex? I didnt even think that would be available anywhere anymore. You might end up being fine; but now that I've been told what tubifex worms are and how they live/thrive/grow I'm reluctant to even use the freeze dried ones and those are considered the safest choice. Probably not worth the risk.

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Yes, you can get tubifex frozen, clean, and sterilized.
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Yes, you can get tubifex frozen, clean, and sterilized.
How do I sterilize them?

I usually thaw the Chironomus cubes in tap water ,then I feed them to the fish with a pincette.

Does the chlorine in the tap water help kill some bacteria?

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